Hello friends, long time no blog. I hope that you’re enjoying my new venture on Youtube. And if you haven’t seen my last couple posts, go give em a watch (hint hint). Today, though I’m back to writing, so you don’t have to listen to me talk. Last week I had the pleasure of trying Makus Empanadas, a delicious restaurant in Durham, and I wanted to tell you about it.
Makus Empanadas’ store front has been open off of Highway 54 in Durham for just over a year, but they’ve been catering for much longer. The three owners, all from Argentina, have known each other since they were children. In fact, you can see photos of them together as children in their restaurant, which adds a nice coziness to the atmosphere. After many years apart, some rough family times brought the two brothers and their old friend back together and they decided to move to the US to open their business together. All three owners have a very obvious passion and enthusiasm for their business and their food, which I know every customer who walks in the door can feel.
Now let’s talk about the food. Obviously, Makus Empanadas specializes in empanadas. However they also serve Chipa Bread, a latin american cheese bread, and a variety of side dishes, and even an Empadog, which is a hot dog wrapped in empanada dough. When I went, I tried three empanadas, chipa bread, and some salad. We started with the chipa bread, which was essentially small dough balls of bread filled with cheese. Who could not like that?! I probably could’ve eaten about twenty of them. Next I went with beef, pork chimichurri, and veggie empanadas. The empanadas are freshly baked and never fried, so the dough tastes truly homemade, and they offer a variety of traditional stuffings. Surprisingly, my favorite was actually the veggie empanada, which was stuffed with rice, zucchini, leek, onion, and spices. It had just the perfect amount of flavor and was like nothing I’d ever tasted. While the veggie was my favorite, the other two were amazing as well. With my empanadas I also got a spinach salad on the side. You normally don’t expect much out of side salads, but this one was actually delicious. It consisted of fresh spinach topped with dried cranberries and candied nuts. We finished the meal off with a nice, warm chocolate chip cookie and then went into a food coma.
As a lover of empanada I’d definitely go out of my way to come back to Makus Empanadas. You can also find their kiosk at Hurricane’s games as well as Carolina games. Whether you love traditional empanadas, or a little something new and different, you’re definitely go to love Makus Empanadas.
Hope Valley Commons
1125 West NC Hwy 54, Suite 304
Durham, NC, 27707